Chairman of the SATUC Foundation for disadvantaged children, HE Sheikha / Sheikha Al Thani is attending the World Para Athletics Championships 2017, London as a VIP Guest. The World Para Athletics acts as the international federation for the sport of Para athletics. Para athletics was one of eight sports included at the first Paralympic Games in Rome, Italy, in 1960 and has remained on the programme ever since attracting the largest number of competitors and countries.
HE Sheikha Sheikha was formally invited by Sir Philip Craven to attend the event as their VIP guest in recognition of the work that she and the SATUC foundation do to help and support orphaned, disadvantaged and refugee children all over the world.
The President of the World Para Athletics, Sir Philip Craven, is delighted that Sheikha is attending this event as a VIP guest. She will be attending the Opening night of the World Para Athletics Championships in the London Stadium, Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, which will be followed by a reception at the World Para Athletics Club. The sport is open to male and female athletes in all eligible impairment groups and offers a wide range of competition opportunities. The sport is now practised by athletes in more than 130 countries.
Sir Philip is an accomplished five-time Paralympian in wheelchair basketball, and was knighted by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II for services to Paralympic Sport in 2005.
HE Sheikha Sheikha hopes to share with people at the event her vision for using sport to better the lives disadvantaged children all over the world. Her current project, the 2017 SATUC World Cup will see teams of underprivileged children from five continents come together to compete in a five a side football tournament. This is not only a fantastic and motivating opportunity for children to show their skill on an international stage but will raise awareness of the plight of many children whose opportunities in this world are limited due to circumstance.